Leila Gallagher


Grantham University has awarded Inetta Brown of Kansas City, Mo., and Kristi Boudreau of Slidell, La., a full scholarship.

 Lenexa, Kan. – March 8, 2016 – Today, Grantham University announced the recipients of two scholarships created last fall in commemoration of the university’s move to the Kansas City metropolitan area 10 years ago. Grantham, a 100 percent online accredited university celebrating its 65th birthday this year, relocated to Kansas City in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated its former home of Slidell, La.  The two scholarships – KC Appreciation Scholarship and the Slidell Resiliency Scholarship – were opened up to residents of Kansas City and the Greater Slidell area respectively. Each of the one-time, full scholarships is valued at up to $38,600.

“Grantham University is pleased to announce the winners of our two 10th anniversary scholarships: KC Appreciation Scholarship winner Inetta Brown of Kansas City, Mo., and Resiliency Scholarship winner Kristi Boudreau of Slidell, La.,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, Grantham University interim university president, chief academic officer and provost. “The recipients’ essays clearly conveyed their personal stories of hope, courage and the importance of higher education in their lives.”

KC Appreciation Scholarship recipient Inetta Brown is a current student at Grantham University and graduated with honors in 2015, receiving her associate in applied science In her scholarship essay Mrs. Brown said, “I was raised to believe that education was extremely important but I have grown to see that education is power. I would like to be an inspiration to my hometown, Kansas City, and leave behind a positive impact that will last for generations.”

Ms. Brown plans to use her scholarship toward a Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management. After earning her degree, she would like to find employment at a health care facility that serves low income families. “I want to help people with the difficulties that arise when living in poverty and provide resources to assist them with their struggles. I am thankful that I received this scholarship from Grantham University. The funding will help me further my education and career goals,” said Ms. Brown.

In her essay, Grantham University Resiliency Scholarship recipient and Slidell, La., resident Kristi Boudreau, shared her first-hand experiences during Hurricane Katrina, “I was 14 years old and living a nightmare. The scariest and hardest part to grasp was that I was unsure if my family and I were going to survive.” Ms. Boudreau and her family did survive and she says, “Higher education equips you with the tools, skill sets, educational and real-world knowledge that make it easier to overcome adversity and achieve a fresh start toward future success.”

Ms. Boudreau is working on her MBA at Grantham University and would like to obtain an upper-level management position in the hospitality industry or open her own business. She says, “This scholarship is allowing me to follow my dreams of continuing my education. After I completed my bachelor's degree, I knew financially that obtaining my master’s was out of reach. This scholarship has changed that and has opened so many doors for me.”

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About Grantham University: With 2016 marking the University’s 65th birthday, Grantham University was established in 1951 and today offers 50 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With a mission to provide quality, accessible, affordable, professionally relevant programs in a continuously changing global society, Grantham’s courses are 100 percent online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning more than six decades of service.